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August 2017 Archives

Research shows collision avoidance systems prevent accidents

Collision avoidance systems have the potential to significantly decrease accidents rates for drivers in Illinois and throughout the country according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The study examined accident data from 2015 along with data on cars that had lane departure warning systems and blind spot alerts. It found that cars with the collision avoidance systems had 11 percent fewer single-vehicle, side swipe and head-on collisions and 21 percent fewer injury crashes of that nature. The organization said that there would have been over 55,000 fewer injuries in 2015 if all vehicles had lane departure alerts installed.

Recall of popular insulin pen highlights defective product risks

When you rely on a medication to keep your body healthy and functioning properly, any mistake can become a serious issue. Diabetes is a chronic, potentially life-threatening medical condition that requires regular monitoring, medical care, and prescribed mediation.

Driverless cars may not be as popular as imagined

Driverless vehicles are touted as being able to keep Illinois roadways safer than they are now. Proponents say that fewer accidents will occur because machines won't make the same types of errors that people do. They also won't drive drunk, tired or while distracted. However, they may not take to the streets as quickly as some may think. In fact, the driverless car hype is similar to the hype surrounding electric vehicles several years ago.

The impact of lesser-known factors in trucking crashes

Drivers who believe that safety on the roadway is paramount may be interested in knowing more about factors that play a role in the number of commercial trucking accidents that occur nationwide. In Illinois and other states, day of the week, time of day and speed limit have been recognized by at least one online publication as contributing factors to an increasing number of fatalities related to large commercial trucks and their drivers.

Woman sues for $2 million after eating tainted chicken

Imagine stopping by your favorite supermarket to pick up your groceries for the week. You grab a few things to cook, some other essentials, and some chicken salad from the deli. Unfortunately, after eating the chicken salad, you wind up in the hospital with organ failure.

Truckers' sleep apnea screening criteria will not change

Truck drivers in Illinois and throughout the country will not be subject to new rules regarding sleep apnea screening, the Federal Motor Carrier Administration announced on Aug. 4. If implemented, the rule would have clarified criteria regarding when a truck driver would be sent for screening. The rules in place are unclear because there is no single standard that a medical provider is supposed to reply upon for further screening. Some drivers have said referrals were unwarranted and simply represented an opportunity for providers to make more money.

Distracted driving is as dangerous as drunk driving

After years of awareness campaigns, most people understand that driving while under the influence of alcohol increases both your risk of a serious accident and your chances of getting arrested. Impaired driving can result in fatalities and serious injuries. So can distracted driving. Failing to pay attention to the road and the vehicle when you're in control of a machine that weighs hundreds of pounds and travels at high speeds is reckless. It's also incredibly common.

Wearable device could prevent drowsy driving accidents

Illinois drivers who often find themselves getting drowsy while they are behind the wheel may be interested in a wearable device that will prevent them from falling asleep. According to the creators of the device, it emits a low-level shock when it detects that the wearer has nodded off.

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